William M. Wherry
|William M. Wherry|
September 13, 1836|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died||November 3, 1918
|Place of burial||Bellefontaine Cemetery|
|Allegiance|| United States of America
|Service/branch|| United States Army
|Years of service||1861 - 1899|
|Unit||3rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry|
|Commands held||2nd Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
Spanish American War
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Wherry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He served on the frontier against the Indians and during the Spanish American War. Wherry retired at the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army. Wherry is the author of "Lyon's Campaign in Missouri".
While serving in the American Civil War, as a First Lieutenant of Company D, 3rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry and aide-de-camp to Nathaniel Lyon. Wherry received the Medal of Honor for actions at the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. Wherry's Medal of Honor was issued after the war on October 30, 1895 with the citation "Displayed conspicuous coolness and heroism in rallying troops that were recoiling under heavy fire".
Wherry was promoted to Lt Col, Second United States Infantry on 29 December 1894. At the onset of the Spanish-American War he took command of the 2nd Infantry when regimental commander Col John C. Bates was promoted to brigadier general of an Independent Brigade consisting of the 3rd Infantry Regiment and 20th Infantry Regiment. He commanded the regiment until he was promoted to colonel of the 8th Infantry on 30 August 1898.
Wherry was appointed brigadier general of volunteers September 21, 1898 and discharged from the volunteers on November 30, 1898. Wherry was appointed brigadier general in the Regular Army on January 7, 1899 and retired on January 18, 1899.
- Medal of Honor recipients: Civil War (M-Z) . United States Army Center of Military History. 2010-05-24. URL:http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Accessed: 2010-05-24. (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5pxlK2Ut3)
- Herringshaw, T. W., Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, American Publishers Association, Chicago, Ill., 1914, p. 659
- Report of the Secretary of War, U.S. War Dept., 1867, p. 268 - https://books.google.com/books?id=bS8aAAAAMAAJ&dq=Brigadier%20General%20William%20M.%20Wherry&lr&as_brr=1&pg=PA268&ci=133%2C727%2C842%2C212&source=bookclip
- Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. pp. 563-564
- Official Army Register of 1920, United States Adjutant-General's Office, Washington D.C., January 1, 1920, p. 1091
- Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
- The Last King of Hawaii, Merrie Monarch King Kalakaua Signed Document Initiating Civil War Colonel William M. Wherry Into the Royal Order of Kamehameha